And They Just Keep Getting Shorter

In my quest to bring you the shortest short version of the short short story, I refer you to Wired Magazine’s article titled Very Short Stories, which begins:

“We’ll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.”

My favorites are:

“Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.” — Joss Whedon


“Epitaph: He shouldn’t have fed it.” — Brian Herbert

You can see some of the stories paired with graphics, as well.


  1. I loved this issue of Wired! Thanks for reminding me of this article; I should use it in my poetry class this term. It’s a GREAT example of the concept of brevity.

  2. It sounds like your classes would be very interesting and fun since you stay so current on everyting.

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